I did the VSS. I like it.I have been listening to my sound system, and find it underwhelming. I have considered the Kicker VSS, or just changing more things (New speakers, amp, subwoofer, etc)
What have you all done to make this Sound better?
I can't resist jumping in to share that I was also underwhelmed Bose "premium" system. I haven't listened with high quality source material yet, but with fm and xsm, the highs are not detailed and clear. The JBL system in my wife's Highlander sounds much better on the same stations. However, the Bose system is good enough for news, talk and classic rock tunes I've heard a thousand times.I have been listening to my sound system, and find it underwhelming. I have considered the Kicker VSS, or just changing more things (New speakers, amp, subwoofer, etc)
What have you all done to make this Sound better?
Agree 100%, with my audio brother from a different mother here :smile: The Bose is good enough that the source material matters greatly. Listening to FM or XM is not a fair shake - garbage in = garbage out. Run some good lightly or uncompressed music through it off your phone.I own some pretty decent audio gear around the house and have had tons of car audio projects.
As far as an OEM premium audio system goes. I find the BOSE to be pretty damn good. I like the fact that they did not make this system BRIGHT and in your face. The mids are great and the low is ok. I find myself adjusting the tone depending on the songs I’m listening too every once in a while.
One of the worst things for me is having that tinny bright ear fatiguing Audio in your car.
I own a BMW 1M w HK sound and it’s horrible and bright no matter how I tune it in advanced settings.
Now the wife’s Volvo V90 Cross Country has B&W system and it’s killer.
Again, not much systems I’ve enjoyed in any car. I go into my car looking forward to listening to music. Heard quite a few kicker setups at SEMA booth and they were way to “boomy” with bad mids and highs.
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Agree 100%, with my audio brother from a different mother here :smile: The Bose is good enough that the source material matters greatly. Listening to FM or XM is not a fair shake - garbage in = garbage out. Run some good lightly or uncompressed music through it off your phone.
While it is no competition system with thundering bass and silly windshield popping SPL abilities, the Bose is a decent if not "last word" system for grownups that can reach full enough volumes that make it hard to hear someone trying to talk to you from the passenger seat, while not making one's ears bleed in the process. I find all it needs are small adjustments from flat to the tone controls to sound it's best. The amp seems to have appropriate power and the drivers, while they may be cost conscious, are fed a signal that obviously has some good DSP time invested. That is one of the difficulties though I suppose. Put in better drivers and the DSP will be off, as it is optimized for the stock speakers. I can live with it just fine, as is, glad I sprung for the Bose.
If I have to criticize, some better high range speakers would give a more 3 dimensional sound stage. That does not mean ear bleeding tweeters, just more detail and nuance would be nice. For $500, there is only so much one is going to get, especially from an OEM system. The Bose is a huge upgrade from the lower level sound system though, and worth it IMO.
On a separate audio note, I got these cheap Otium Bluetooth earbud headphones for the gym with lowish expectations despite their many positive reviews, and am floored how good they sound. With the good source material off my phone, they are crisp and clean sounding and actually get loud enough to cause hearing damage if one is stupid with the volume, which makes them awesome. Bonus, they have a mic and work quite will for taking calls. Really glad my old ones took a dump, liking these much better :laugh:
My truck has the Bose and I am very pleased with it. I generally listen to XM and have it set to Classic Rock. I get the "Pleasure" of traveling via plane a fair amount and my kids bought me a set of Bose Quiet Comfort over the ear headphones. They are absolutely fantastic when connected to the iPod, whether it is the noise of the plane the yacker sitting behind you or kids that won't stop screaming, I am able to kick back and enjoy my music without hearing all the distractions - it is bad enough being on a plane for 4+ hours, I can at least get some peace.I'm with the "source material" crowd. I think it's a nice system. It's not my Vienna Acoustics system at home, but it doesn't need to be. I was surprised at a little bass distortion at one point, but I'm not all about that bass.
Well there is no way it is worse than the non Bose system. I'm pretty sure the RTA curve in my truck looks like an unside down U or a speed bump at best. Well used to, did some changes with coils, caps and added two tweeters and its much better now...I used to be a professional car audio installer in the late 90’s. Did a bunch of SQ installs and owned a few. I can say that though the Bose system doesn’t get very loud it is a very tonally accurate system. It would sound better with better speakers but that’s what you get when you use cheap drivers and then use digital signal processing to make up for it. I really enjoy having an accurate system from the factory. I would be willing to bet that it has a pretty good RTA curve to it.
Which 3.5" Infinity did you end up going with, and did you have to trim much plastic? Need to start picking away at improving mine as well. Thx! Let me know how the rear swap plays out and how you like that change.I was also underwhelmed by the stock Bose system so I changed the front dash speakers to Infinity 3.5" and noticed a considerable improvement. (center channel is still connected) This is a very easy install and low cost improvement. I have kept it that way for several months and now will be changing the rear speakers to the JBL GX602 coaxial speakers (2.3 ohms) in a few weeks. I expect another nice improvement for about $50. Next would be the Kicker hideaway sub under the rear seat in the tool compartment.